2021 S-Class to debut with new version of MBUX
After months of teasers Mercedes-Benz has unveiled the second generation of its MBUX infotainment system and will debut in the 2021 S-Class.
The S-Class will have as many as five screens inside the car. Two of these five screens are for the front passengers and remaining three for the rear ones. The S-Class will come standard with a 12.8-inch OLED touchscreen – the main vehicle control display. Mercedes says this will remove 27 buttons from the centre console. The climate controls will be locked to the bottom of the display for easy access.
The system recognises the movements of the hands and so the driver or passengers can open with one movement of their hand the sunroof of the vehicle, without physical contact with a switch. In addition, MBUX Interior Assist improves security by checking, for example, if a child seat to the right of the driver is properly attached. Also noteworthy is the fact that the voice command system, which is now accessed by rear passengers, has the ability to recognise up to 27 different languages.
Mercedes has also introduced a 3D display inside the new S-Class that is “achieved by the sophisticated combination of a conventional LCD display with a special pixel structure and a controllable LCD aperture grille.” Mercedes says it’s like looking at a screen while wearing 3D glasses.
The new MBUX will let drivers save various preferences like seat settings, interior lighting color, favorite radio station, and more. These personal profiles can be enabled or disabled by using the new security features, or even loaded in other Mercedes-Benz vehicles with the new version of MBUX. The the fingerprint sensor in the main S-Class touchscreen and voice recognition will come standard, and there is a PIN setting as well. Buyers can opt for a version of the car with cameras that allow for facial recognition, too.